Are you into antique cutting boards?
I sure am! But we don’t seem to have lots of woodsy stuff in our thrift stores of late, so… I made my own oversized reclaimed wood cutting board Apple Farm tray out of a few fence planks, and a stencil.
But that’s not all…
Mindi from My Love 2 Create banded together 8 building bloggers, with the challenge of repurposing something, including some building techniques! Fun!
So first up, here’s mine…
Those familiar with my junk ways know of my obsession with reclaimed wood. If there’s a broken fence somewhere in my neighbourhood, it SHALL land in my driveway!
What a lottery kinda day THIS was!
After pressure washing them (shown HERE), I ended up with some pretty nice planks!
So let’s make this thing.
How to make an oversized cutting board:
1. Grab 3 fence planks of the same thickness.
2. Line up the bottoms au natural, if you desire a really chipped look.
3. Cut a hand drawn pattern on how you desire to shape your cutting board.
4. Trace onto one side of the boards, then flip and repeat to the other side.
5. Cut out your shapes with a jigsaw.
6. Sand REALLY WELL, including the edges until very rounded, like a real cutting board would be.
Cool huh? Looks kind of real!
7. Using a spade drill bit, create a hole in the handle, and loop twine through it for a tie. If you want.
(not shown.. oops! so here’s a finished shot and what a spade drill bit looks like)
8. ‘Crate it up’ with a cool stencil if desired.
Shown – Apple FARM from my own line HERE.
To get nice sharp edges, How To Stencil is HERE.
9. Very lightly distress with a sander once fully cured. (not shown)
10. Mount the boards together somehow.
I chose to attach two small support boards from the top, making them look like intentional handle supports. They sport a random stencil treatment as if chunks of crates were used.
(used / part of International Brewers Coffee / part of BINGO STAR – small)
Whatever did I ever use to do without these things?!
11. Go play with your new toy!
And just let it be whatever you wish it to be. 🙂 What would you do with one?
Aaaand… let’s check out the rest! I can’t wait…
21 thoughts on “From fenceboards to supersized cutting board tray”
Gorgeous! Love the rustic, chic look of the cutting board.
Super cool idea, Donna!
This is just amazing, I really love what you do, congrats!
That cutting board is cute as apple pie!!! I recently happened upon your blog and I’m hooked. I’m not a builder, not by choice I just don’t have the tools or time but I love repurposed everything and I am a consumer. Thanks for sharing your talents…
Super cute project! Love the size of it!!!
I LOVE it! What a great idea to add the extra handles and to leave one edge unfinished. It’s perfect on top of your trunk!
Donna, that is such a great, easy looking project. What I noticed almost immediately is the staging you do and how beautiful your photos are. They make your projects look even more inviting and it makes me want to run up to the barn and start a project!!
Thank you so much for all your repurposing ideas and creations. You make even the most novice crafter feel like it can be done. I love your blog and look for it every day.
Donna! You really made my day you know that! This TOTALLY looks real, you have a magic touch to make things look rustic and awesome. The rounded edges, raw end, handles on the top, and the stencils are perfect, I love it! Thank you so much for participating in the challenge! Oh, and you pictures…amazing! 🙂
I love your oversized diy reclaimed cutting board tray!
My favorite part is the random stenciling of the support boards so they look like reclaimed crate parts!
Oh I just love this Donna… I’m getting all kinds of inspiration from this 🙂
I love the shape of the handle.. it is a amazing how much of a transformation you got! <3
Love!!! Great job Donna!
Donna, that turned out great! That thing is HUGE and I LOVE it!
Very Nice Re-purpose of the old fence boards Donna. The reuse of this material into a Cutting Board Tray look very much country farm. I think it was a wonderful creation, and with the stencil work it just made it Pop !.
Great job!!! and now you still have a whole truck load to make more fine creations.
There nothing more rewarding than reclaiming old wood to a New Life of use.
Your cutting board is all kinds of cool, Donna…I can imagine many uses for it, actually…it’s large enough to act as a breakfast tray, a serving tray, or even a tray for your laptop! Or, I’d even be more inclined just to set it somewhere and oooh and awww over it…if anyone dare sets his/her drink on it, I would skin ’em alive…hehe!
I just love how you’ve used bits and pieces of your amazing stencils so that it looks like you’ve built this out of old signs, too! You really need your own line of home furnishings for people like me who suck at building stuff! 🙂
What a super cool project. I love your stencils, you put them in just the right places to look like they’re pulled off of something old. I need to try that.
What a darling tray. I love using the old fence boards. Love the stencil and the rough finish. Have to go on the hunt for an old fence. Ha
Thanks for sharing.
Wow!That turned out great Donna. I love it’s rustic look. So naturally lovely.
Love this idea, Donna! It really does look like a real cutting board, albeit for a giant. I like how you put the supports on the top too. Pinning to share.
Thank you this site is so cool and easy to understand.
I love the cutting board tray, it’s beautiful, creative, and useful. Great job. By the way, I love anything old, used/worn.